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    Default old hydraulic fluid- What to do?

    I am about to change the hydraulic oil in my tractor and will end up with about 6 gal of used
    oil after changing it out. The question is what do I do with the old oil. Is it good for anything useful? Or do I just have to take to the dump recycling place. Seems like a waste to just have to dump it.

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    Default Re: old hydraulic fluid- What to do?

    unless you got a waste oil burner.. recycle it.

    I usually keep a coffee can full of hyd oil to put rusty tools in and such.. but 90% of it goes to the recycle palce..

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    Default Re: old hydraulic fluid- What to do?

    Maybe use it for Bar Oil.
    Mike

    2008 BX24, last 24 dealer had.

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    Burn it or recycle it, that's about it.
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    Recycle, where I live they have a separate place at the county where you take hyd oil. I have 10 gallons myself ready to go.

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    Default Re: old hydraulic fluid- What to do?

    I store at least 5 gallons of used stuff after I strain it for " emergency " use. Especially if it is going to leak out again. Better to leak out old stuff getting the tractor back in the garage than a $45 pail of new stuff. Swap out older pails for newer ones as I change the oil. I like to change mine yearly. Blew a line on Christmas eve once plowing snow, got 2 foot overnight. Was able to repair the line, but no place was open to buy oil. Sure was glad I was able to plow the drive. Drained and refilled a few days later. As I swap it out I save a little to burn brush and recycle the rest.

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    Default Re: old hydraulic fluid- What to do?

    Hydraulic fluid is good to help burn brush pile? I had no idea, gotta try it.

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    Just recycle it.

    Chris

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    Default Re: old hydraulic fluid- What to do?

    A guy with a waste oil stove down the road gives me 50 cents a gallon for mine. Before him I recycled it.
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    Default Re: old hydraulic fluid- What to do?

    I'm extremely careful about keeping it, and the drain pails clean. I've a friend with a bunch of old FarmAll ag tractors that leak(some of them badly). He uses it to top off his tractors
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